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A Few Good Men - Acting and Acting Styles

A Few Good Men (1992)
Written by Aaron Sorkin
Directed by Rob Reiner
Stars:  Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson and Demi Moore

The actors chosen are: Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, and Demi Moore. Realism is the type of acting style that was used in the film. The actors appeared realistic as if they were actually in the Marine Corps. The text refers to realism, as opposed to stylized acting, can also be thought of as naturalistic. This is acting that doesn't draw attention to itself but instead gives the impression of genuine human action and reaction. (Goodykoontz & Jacobs, 2014). The scene that could be considered as realism is the courtroom scene when Col. Jessup is on the witness stand and Lt. Kaffee is questioning him about the code red. In this scene its Nicholson's use of personality acting that really draws you to this scene.

This scene displays the arrogance of Col. Jessup. He does not like the fact that he was called into the courtroom to respond to questions about PFC Sant…
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Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2006)

Categories and Functions of Sound - Diary of a Mad Black Woman

The three basic categories of sound are:  dialogue, sound effects and music.
Dialogue which is the characters talking one to another is one of the main categories in the film. Digetic sound is also used as Helen narrates what is written in her journal to express her feelings and what she is going through. The sound effects in the scene enhance the experience of being outside. It allows you to hear the birds chirping. In fact, the sound effects allow you to hear as the man places the cup on the picnic table. The music is the key part of the scene because it starts with a slow song as she apologizes to him and Madea has the DJ change the song to an upbeat one that has everyone in the scene joining together in dance.

In the clip, you have examples of dialogue and diagetic sounds that are used. We hear the music being used as a way to bring them together, and as the narration begins the music fades to the background. It brings…

Diary of a Mad Black Woman - Mise en Scene

Diary of  Mad Black Woman (2005)
Director - Darren Grant
Writer - Tyler Perry
Stars - Kimberly Elise, Steve Harris, Tyler Perry, Shermar Moore
Genre - Comedy, Drama, Romance

The scene that I chose from the film is with Helen and Orlando while they were having a romantic dinner. Yes, I am a bit of a hopeless romantic and this scene is one of my favorites in the film.

I would say that traditional three point lighting was used for a majority of the film. In this scene what stands out the most is how the lighting is focused on Orlando and Helen and the lighting behind them at the dinner is shadows of the lights which is low-key lighting. This technique contributed to the scene because the focus was clearly on the two of them at dinner and the conversation The lighting in the background is obscured in shadows to keep the focus on Orlando and Helen as he states why he is in love with her which creates that romantic effect. You are drawn to the words that he is saying and that becomes the fo…


I have been working with a Leadership Development coach to work on areas in my personal and professional life.  I can honestly admit that I was very skeptical about working with a coach at first, but I said yes.  I talked about my goals and other things that I have wanted to accomplish, but because I did not believe in myself, I did not reach them. Throughout the past nine months, I have learned so much about myself. Goals that I set were reached, and I am on the path to completing my Bachelor's degree in Organizational Management. 

What I have learned is that in order for people to know what value I can bring to the table, is that it starts with me speaking up first. In my professional life, I realized that as I started speaking up and volunteering for projects, doors were opening in my favor. In my personal life, I no longer tolerated situations. I started to address issues immediately.

Now, when issues/obstacles arise, I am taking the time to evaluate them and make a choice. Chan…


Directed by Alex Kendrick Written by Alex Kendrick and Stephen Kendrick Year: 2008 Major Actors:  Kirk Cameron, Erin Bethea, and Ken Bevel
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Farewell to Florida

So long and farewell to the Sunshine State.  This journey started over eight years ago and I am a changed person because of the people that I have met and befriended. Some have made a lifelong impact in my life and some were in my life for just a season. I do appreciate all that I have learned during this journey.

There comes a time when you have to identify that God has closed doors for you and it is time to get out of your comfort zone and make a change. I believe that this is the case for me. God had to isolate me from the things I was experiencing in order to overcome and to be delivered from some things. I said goodbye to the antidepressants, cigarettes, alcohol and to the randoms that were in my life. I had to welcome a stronger relationship with Christ and increased study time. This has allowed me to become a better parent and an all around better person.

I know that once I am settled that God will open the right doors for me and I look forward to finding a church home. Most of a…

Things on my mind...

Today is a day where I have an expectation of great things.  I haven't been writing much lately and I have to schedule time every day to write.  Yes, it is therapy for me because there is a lot in my head that I have to share. I pray that someone is encouraged from the journey that I am walking through. 

This past Sunday my Pastor showed a picture of the top model in the world and very disturbing because this is what other women are using as a model on how we should look. Why are we allowing society to dictate what is beautiful?  Well, this photo made me think of all that I have been through in my life and what has lead me to gain weight and why I am battling with weight loss at my age.
Do you realize what someone goes through when they have been raped, molested, emotionally abused, physically abused, etc? You cannot realize what someone goes through unless you are a victim too. The main thing is that this is all inward. Thoughts of what did I do wrong, what could I have done to avo…